The World: Washington - FCC urged to probe Murdoch's WSJ deal

The Federal Communications Commission is under pressure to scrutinise more closely Rupert Murdoch's $5.6 billion plan to buy The Wall Street Journal.

In a letter to the chairman, Kevin Martin, Michael Copps, the FCC's senior Democrat member, has called for a special investigation into the proposal.

The FCC's cross-ownership rule bars owners of a TV station in a market from buying a local newspaper. However, Murdoch's News Corporation owns the New York Post and WNYW-TV in New York, and operates the station under a waiver from the rule.

In his letter, Copps said the deal would mean New Yorkers faced the prospect of a single company operating two of the area's most popular TV stations and two of its most popular newspapers.